QAC’s Guys and Dolls – Better Than Even Money

QAC’s Guys and Dolls – Better Than Even Money

Submitted by Ladd Johnson

The Quebec Art Company is bringing the musical Guys and Dolls to the stage next week.  Based on a series of short stories by Damon Runyon set in the 1920s, this Tony-Award-winning play has become a Broadway classic.  First staged in 1950, the play went on to 1200 consecutive performances.  The film adaptation soon followed in 1955 and starred Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra in the male leads.  Over the past two decades, it has had four major revivals in New York and London, with perhaps the most renowned starring Nathan Lane in 1992. 

"Nathan (J.P. Chartier) tries to convince Adelaide (Laura Palladino) of his love in the QAC's production of Guys and Dolls".

The story revolves around the attempts of Nathan Detroit (J.P. Chartier), a local hood, to organize a “crap game” for both local and out-of-town gamblers.   The police are, however, putting “the heat on”.  Desperate for the money needed to reserve a safe place for his game, Nathan makes a ridiculous bet with Sky Masterson (Peter Calkins), one of the high rollers in town, that involves taking Sarah Brown (Sharon MacLeod), the local missionary girl, to Cuba.  At the same time he is being pressured into marriage by Adelaide (Laura Palladino), his long-suffering fiancée, who is the star of the local nightclub’s dance show – the Hot Box Girls.  All’s set for confusion and chaos, and although when some are drinking “Dolce de leche” in Havana while others are rolling dice in the sewers, almost everyone ends up in the Mission where all bets are settled and a happy ending is not far away.  

This production is being directed by QAC veteran Cheryl Rimmer in collaboration with Susan Stewart and Laura Palladino who are directing music and choreography, respectively.  Stewart, a newcomer to the QAC, is working closely with accompanist Hugh Glassco, who is also involved with the QAC for the first time.  In contrast, Palladino is an experienced QAC performer, but even though she is a professional singer, this is her first singing role with the company.  She is joined by MacLeod, who has had lead roles in both musical and dramatic QAC productions in recent years.  These two “dolls” and their respective “guys”, Chartier and Calkins, perform a number of delightful solo and duet numbers during the show, joined at times by a chorus of gamblers or showgirls.  Lighthearted and thoroughly enjoyable, it is a “sure bet”, and you will not have to “seek elsewhere for entertainment”. 

The show runs at the Holland Elementary School from December 1-4 with evening performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 and a matinee on Sunday at 2:00.  To reserve seats, call 418-254-6552.   
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Article: Ladd Johnson
Photo courtesy of: Kyle Chapman

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